Penguins and Bruins Went Black & Blue Over Black & Gold

Penguins and Bruins Went Black & Blue Over Black & Gold

July 29th, 2019 What comes to mind when you hear the words “black and gold?” Most people will probably answer with either the Penguins, Pirates, Steelers, or even the Wiz Khalifa song “Black and Yellow.” These colors have become synonymous with the sports teams that...
Countdown to Puck Drop – Day 68 – Jagr's Illustrious Penguins Career

Countdown to Puck Drop – Day 68 – Jagr's Illustrious Penguins Career

July 26th, 2019 Introducing The Hockey Writers’ Countdown to Puck Drop series. From now until the puck drops on the 2019-20 NHL’s regular season on Oct. 2 when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Ottawa Senators, we’ll be producing content that’s connected to the number of days remaining on that...

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July 22nd, 2019
Pittsburgh Penguins

Matt Cullen has had many nicknames over the years, from the clever “Dad,” to the simple “Cully”. But, as of July 10, he can add another moniker to his collection: “former NHL player.” Cullen announced his retirement through a video on the Pittsburgh Penguins Twitter page, sparking congratulatory messages from teammates, friends, and fans who want to wish him good luck on the next chapter of his life. Here are five things we’ll miss at the start of the 2019-20 season when Cullen doesn’t take the ice for the first time in 22 seasons. The Cullen Family Affair Cullen’s Penguins teammates are not the first, not even the most important, people to call him “Dad”. That honor goes to his three sons Brooks, 12, Wyatt, 10, and Joey, 9. The Cullen boys have been just as much of a fixture in the Penguins organization in recent years as their father, showing up in the stands at games, popping into...
July 14th, 2019
Penguins Transactions

In what apparently had become an NHL rite of summer, the Phil Kessel trade rumors came out in full bloom for the Pittsburgh Penguins again this year, albeit a little earlier than last year with the team being swept by the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs. Having spent the last four seasons in the Steel City, it almost seemed inevitable that Kessel would be traded this summer. Given his comments on locker clean-out day, he seemed to know it was coming and welcomed it. Related: Penguins Trade Kessel for Depth and Cap Space Armed with a no-trade clause that he used to block a trade to the Minnesota Wild, Kessel finally agreed to a deal that sent him to the Arizona Coyotes, along with prospect Dane Birks and a fourth-round draft in 2021. In exchange, the Penguins received forward Alex Galchenyuk and defensive prospect Pierre-Olivier Joseph. Penguins Have Their "Phil" of Kessel In Arizona, he will be reunited with Coyotes head coach and former...
July 10th, 2019
Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Veteran centre Matt Cullen is retiring after a 21-season career that includes three Stanley Cup titles. Cullen, 42, was part of Carolina's Cup-winning team in 2006, and later won back-to-back NHL titles with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 201...
July 9th, 2019
Penguins History

The name Leonard “Red” Kelly is well-known around the Toronto area for multiple reasons: a four-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the team’s former coach, as well as being a Member of Parliament for the riding of York West. His name is not as common around Pittsburgh, but in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Kelly led the Pittsburgh Penguins to their first taste of the NHL postseason. Kelly died on May 2 at age 91 and will be remembered for a myriad of great accomplishments in the hockey community and beyond. Red Kelly's Road to Coaching Born on July 9, 1927, in Simcoe, Ontario, Kelly earned the less-than-creative nickname “Red” because of his ginger-colored hair. While his locks made him stand out from the crowd, that wasn’t enough to win over a Maple Leafs scout who predicted the defenseman would not be able to last 20 games in the NHL, passing the 19-year-old over as a pick to...
July 8th, 2019
Penguins Management

The Pittsburgh Penguins last four seasons have been nothing short of exciting: four playoff runs, two Stanley Cup championships, two victory parades, and 189 wins, 174 of which came under the direction of head coach Mike Sullivan. On July 5, the organization signed Sullivan to a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2023-24 season in hopes of keeping the team among the elite in the NHL, where they firmly established themselves after his takeover in December 2015. Though it’s easy for a team to be successful with names like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the roster, even the best players can suffer under the direction of an inexperienced coach, something that hasn’t been a problem for the Penguins under Sullivan. Sullivan Made History in First Two Seasons As a franchise, the Penguins have, in general, always benefited from big changes or shake-ups, like winning draft lotteries, mourning the...
July 7th, 2019
Penguins Transactions

At the very least, the Pittsburgh Penguins just replaced Phil Kessel with another scapegoat in Alex Galchenyuk. Alex Galchenyuk (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Ross D. Franklin) That’s one way to look at the offseason trade that saw Kessel traded to the Arizona Coyotes. Obviously, the contract status of Galchenyuk, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season, is the main downside of the deal, seeing as Kessel, a perennial point-per-game threat, will still have two years remaining on his contract at that time. Penguins Won Kessel Trade As a result, it’s easy to assess the deal as a win for the Coyotes, but, at the end of the day, the Penguins seem to believe they got all they could out of Kessel. They wanted to get rid of him and his cap hit too, remember? Plus, two Stanley Cups aren’t bad by any stretch, making the original deal that brought him to the Penguins a huge win. Ex-Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel - (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY...

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10 Greatest Pittsburgh Penguins in Franchise History

The Penguins have been supremely fortunate to offer their fans two of the game's all-time legends in Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. But it takes more than a single superstar to win Cups, they need other greats to support them. These players as well as some of the legends in the team's storied... January 6th, 2019

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